Open a command prompt and try copying these files with the XCopy command.
Description of XCopy and the switches available - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/289483 - might be useful for copying Read Only files.
Description of how to use the Command Prompt in XP - http://commandwindows.com/command2.htm
Hope that helps.
Any idea how this happened? And what folders were transferred across?
On an XP home laptop, a number of folders were moved into a folder named: a36e72f0f6de44ca061ff8f5 (system folder that has i386 and other folders) and are now Read Only so they can't be moved or copied back to where they belong.
How can we reset the attributes so they can be copied or moved? I've tried a couple of programs from web but none seem to work as neither does Win Explorer.